A Critique of South Africa Indigenous Knowledge Policy

  • Samuel A Dseagu Retired Lecturer
Keywords: globalisation, local resources, traditional enterprises, national and international safeguard protocols, South Africa indigenous knowledge policy


Globalisation has strained local resources and traditional enterprises in many developing countries. The United Nations has devised legal frameworks and operational guidelines for all countries to preserve the current situation from further damage. Many African countries have also adopted strategies to safeguard some particular local resources and also to create incentives for locals to commercialise their traditional crafts.  South Africa has also adopted its own policy to safeguard local resources and promote traditional enterprises.  But unlike the United Nations and the African countries whose policies are based on a case by case basis in which specific protocols are enacted for particular cases, South Africa has adopted a single comprehensive strategy for all local resources and traditional activities.  The paper evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of this unique ‘one stop' approach and assesses whether it can be used as a model by other African countries for managing their local resources and traditional enterprises in the twenty-first century.



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